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Deep Sea
How to Grow a Planet Life from Light
Clash of the Gods: Odysseus I
Treasures of the Gods
A Death in the Family
Hermitage Revealed
Gravity and Me The Force that Shapes our Lives
America Imagine the World Without Her
Testing the Evidence
Can We Cheat Death
Congo
Journey to the Edge of the Universe
Race For Satellites
Life: Reptiles and Amphibians
Ants: Secret Power of the Nature
Last Stand
Dinosaur Planet: White Tip Journey
Unity
Whale Killer
The Chemistry of Life
The Glory of Byzantium
Secretive Creatures
Objectified
Protestantism The Evangelical Explosion
Race for Absolute Zero
Banking on Bitcoin
Triumph
Dynamic Salt
The Brain What is Reality
Secrets of the Space Probes
Awake The life of Yogananda
Woody Allen A Documentary 2
The Backbone of Night
Deep Web
Dino Turkey
Top Science Stories of 2017

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Atlas Maps
Atlas Maps 2010

The Dutch Golden Age saw map-making reach a fever pitch of creative and commercial ambition. This was the era of the first ever Atlases - elaborate, lavish and beautiful. This was the great age of discovery and marked an unprecedented opportunity for mapmakers who sought to record and categorise the newly acquired knowledge of the world. Rising above the many mapmakers in this period was Gerard Mercator, inventor of the Mercator projection, who changed mapmaking forever when he published his collection of world maps in 1598 and coined the term 'Atlas'. The programme looks at some of the largest and most elaborate maps ever produced, from the vast maps on the floor of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, to the 24 volume atlas covering just the Netherlands, to the largest Atlas in the world, The Klencke Atlas. It was made for Charles II to mark his restoration in 1660. But whilst being one of the British Libraries most important items, it is also one of its most fragile so hardly ever opened. This is a unique opportunity to see inside this enormous and lavish work, and see the world through the eyes of a King.

Category:History  Duration:28:49   Series: The Beauty of Maps

Rembrandt
Rembrandt 2006

Rembrandt's success in his early years was as a portrait painter to the rich denizens of Amsterdam at a time when the city was being transformed from a small nondescript port into the economic capital of the world. His historical and religious paintings also gave him wide acclaim. Despite being known as a portrait painter Rembrandt used his talent to push the boundaries of painting. This direction made him unpopular in the later years of his career as he shifted from being the talk of the town to becoming adrift in the Amsterdam art scene and criticised by his peers.

Category:Art  Duration:60:00   Series: Power of Art

 
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